I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that Bosham Sailing Club on Chichester Harbor (U.K.) ran a Classic event this fall that mostly featured the English Classic Racing Dinghies such as Fireflies, old International 14's, Solo's, Merlin Rocket's and National 12's and rarer dinghies such as National 18's, Thames A-Raters, and Tideway's. The event turned out to be very popular with 79 entrants. The Classic Moth, a Shelly design, with the transitional high-aspect ratio Aussie Rig that was adopted in 1969 (unlike the Classic Moths over here that have stuck with the low-aspect pre-1969 rig) won the medium handicap fleet. I have, in my usual style, pilfered some pics.
One of the Classic International 14's competing, this one skippered by Sarah Vaughn, who, I'm guessing, may be the daughter of Tom Vaughn, renowned as the eminent class historian. Hull looks to be a later Kirby design.
Addendum from a readers comment;
"Sarah Vaughan... She crewed for me in that boat at
Rickmansworth (where we won the races) after I sailed the POW with her
father, Tommy. That was nearly 40 years ago! Beautiful and a great crew,
it's great to see her still sailing. Sarah and I became friends and I
will never forget Steve Toschi saying that though he won the POW, I had
gotten the real prize! How I wish!"
Ian Marshall in his Shelly Classic Moth, designed in the late 1960's.
Launching down the slipway at low tide.
Also a well done video of the event by SailTV.
Mid-November Whale News
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